The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Stuart Kyle Duncan to a lifetime New Orleans-based seat on the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, overcoming objections from Democrats and liberal groups.
The narrow 50-47 vote broke down almost entirely along party lines, with all Republicans backing Duncan and with Sen. Joe Manchin, of West Virginia, the only Democrat to cross the aisle to vote for Duncan’s confirmation. The vote was the final obstacle between Duncan and a permanent appointment to the influential federal appeals court.
Duncan, 46, has been a lightning rod for criticism from liberal groups since President Donald Trump tapped him for the job. A Baton Rouge native and LSU law school graduate, Duncan has built a national reputation fighting a host of social-conservative legal battles and argued a number of prominent cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
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